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Tree Stripes

This is my contribution to Ann-Christine’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Striped and Checked prompt.

As is frequently the case with me, I started of with a couple of ideas for the challenge and shot off at a tangent when I started selecting images.

I quickly realised that I was picking mostly striped images. That realisation was followed by my noticing that quite a few of the photos had something to do with trees.

Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked

Motion blurred trees. Taken by panning the camera upwards during exposure.

Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked

Tree shadows on the snow. Although the image is as much about the fallen branch sticking out of the snow as the shadows.

Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked

Tree branches as a window display. I rather like the way the corrugated metal siding on the building echoes the pattern of the Paper Birch branches in the windows.

Lens-Artists: Striped and Checked

A maze of tree trunks. Taken on a walk around the neighborhood in autumn a couple of years ago. I was thinking of going back at different times of the year but I can’t find the spot despite knowing which trail I was on.

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2020: Emotions

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. This week Patti gave us the prompt Emotions.

After some thought I decided to look back at 2020. A very strange year that saw me not make it back to the U.K., hospitalised in the spring and then there was the Covid-19 pandemic.

Silent Sunday: 26th January 2020

Mid January and I had postponed plans to visit the U.K. due to the beginnings of the Covid-19 pandemic. I was going for walks around the neighborhood little realising that in a couple of months that would be all I would be allowed to do.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Old and New

By the end of May I was going a little stir crazy being stuck at home. I set up in the yard in the biggest gap in the trees and tried to photograph the clouds at sunset. When that didn’t work out I started playing around with the Live Composite setting on the Olympus camera I was using. Live Composite recorded the clouds streaking across the sky at dusk.

Silent Sunday: 26th July 2020

July saw some of the Covid-19 restrictions eased and I could visit one of my sunrise locations on Colpoy’s Bay. Things seemed to be settling down into the new normal.

Wordless Wednesday: 30th December 2020

The end of December and Ontario was putting some Covid-19 restrictions back in place and I was going for walks around the neighborhood again. Less than two weeks into 2021 and Ontario has declared a provincial emergency with a stay-at-home order in place.

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2020: It’s A Small World

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: It’s A Small World prompt.

I’m using the prompt to look back at some of my close up photos from my walks around the neighborhood in 2020.

Wordless Wednesday: 4th March 2020

A Maple leaf on the snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. Taken on a walk around the neighborhood last winter.

One Word Sunday: Fraction

Close up of a Pine cone taken with a 25mm CCTV lens adapted to a mirrorless camera. Picked up on a walk around the neighborhood.

Silent Sunday: 9th August 2020

Red Daylilies photographed with a portrait lens wide open. Taken on an early morning walk in the summer.

Friendly Friday: Red and Green

A red Maple leaf amongst green Ivy leaves on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario. A sign of autumn on one of my walks.

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Some Favourites of 2020

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Favourite Images of 2020 prompt.

Once I started selecting some favourites I realised that they were far to random to build a theme around. So I decided to go with a small selection of photos of various skies, one from each season.

Travel Tuesday: 5th January 2021

Early January saw me down on a snow and ice covered section of the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for my first dawn photos of 2020.

Cosmic Photo Challenge: From an Unusual Angle

Late March saw Ontario in lockdown and I was restricted to walks around the neighborhood. Paper Birch trees against a blue sky made bluer by the lack of aircraft flying at the time.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night

July saw some of the lockdown restrictions eased and Comet Neowise in the sky. As a result I headed down to Colpoy’s Bay to photograph star trails while missing the comet on every attempt.

2020: Sunrise with a fisheye lens

November saw me down on the Government Dock in the village of Colpoy’s Bay on the South Bruce Peninsula for the sunrise. The light and clouds were so widespread I used my fisheye lens to include as much of the sky as possible.

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Here Comes the Holiday Season

This week Ann-Christine gives up the prompt “And Here Comes the Holiday Season” for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.

Given the subdued holiday season a lot of people will be having this year I thought I would look back at previous years.

After a couple of rewrites that theme morphed into this post somehow.

Lens-Artists: Here Comes the Holiday Season

Christmas Eve, 2019. Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario at sunrise.

Lens-Artists: Here Comes the Holiday Season

Christmas Day, 2017. Our side road in a snow flurry in the morning. We had another 5 inches of snow after the photo was taken.

Lens-Artists: Here Comes the Holiday Season

Boxing Day, 2007. Chantry Island and its lighthouse just off the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario at sunset.

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Precious Minutes

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Precious Moments prompt.

As is sometimes the case with me, I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before turning 90 degrees and heading off sideways.

That was because I Googled moment to see if there was a defined range of times that fall under the word. I was surprise to discover that a moment started out as a medieval unit of time, approximately 90 seconds long.

Which got me thinking about some of the photos I have taken since the lockdown restrictions were lifted a little in the summer. Some of those photos involved exposure times minutes long which explains the title of this post.

Travel Tuesday: Colpoy's Bay at night
A long exposure to show the stars moving over Colpoy’s Bay at night.
Clouds over Colpoy's Bay at dawn
A long exposure to show storm clouds moving across Colpoy’s Bay at dawn.
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A is for Abstract

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: An Alphabet Challenge – Subjects That Begin with the Letter A prompt.

I enjoy these sort of challenges as it allows me to come up with a theme. Sometimes I take a sideways look at the prompt and head off in a direction that only has a tenuous connection to the challenge.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of abstract images. Possibly because I had photographed a few abstract images of ripples on the local bay this past summer and autumn.

I briefly considered a post exclusively of ripples but decided that would be more appropriate if the prompt was the letter R.

In the end I decided to go with a small selection of photos taken over the past 35 years.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Lichen on a tree trunk with a cheap CCTV lens on the camera.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Foxtail Barley. Detail of the seed heads, it was more about the colour than the plant.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

A motion blurred female Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A

Ripples on Georgian Bay. Photographed in 1985 and possibly my earliest photo of ripples.